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Week Ahead: What's Happening in Carlsbad

San Diego County offices, library branches and animal shelters will be closed on Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Federal and state offices will also be closed, as will many businesses.

With Governor Jerry Brown announcing a statewide drought emergency, it’s a good time to check your home water use. The Metropolitan Water District offers extensive tips online.

Twenty museums around Southern California are offering free admission Saturday as part of the annual Museums Free-for-All program. For a list of participating museums, visit the MuseumsLA website.

Recent brush fires around Southern California are making the air in some cities unhealthy to breathe. The South Coast Air Quality Management District, the air pollution control agency for Orange County and urban areas of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, offers a map with current hourly air quality reports.

In a world of smartphones, tablets and laptops, it’s hard to remember that writing began by hand. Wednesday is National Handwriting Day and maybe a good time to break out a pen and practice your cursive.

Check out the Encinitas Patch event calendar for other great things happening in town this week: http://encinitas.patch.com/events

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